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Red Cat
Red Cat

Red Cat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theredcat.com
  • Phone: (212) 242-1122
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 11:30am – 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Andy Xu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining
  • Special Events & Promotions: What makes The Red Cat so special is that is expertly walks the line between familiar and cutting edge, using innovative American-inspired cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere to set the tone. Whatever the occasion, The Red Cat will always fit the mood.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd & 24th Streets
  • Public Transit: C or E Train to 23rd & 8th Avenue
    1 or 2 on 23rd & 7th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking after 7:00pm Lots on 23rd between 10th & 11th avenues or 24th between 9th & 10th Avenues.
A word from Red Cat
This Old Chelsea food hall is a New York original. The Red Cat's combination of come-as-you-are sensibilities and straightforward, satisfying, and occasionally irreverent cuisine instantly establish the restaurant as a favorite with New York diners. Andy Xu runs the kitchen that's become famous for such whimsical creations as Reuben Wontons with Red Cabbage Slaw and Pan Roasted Cod with Flageolets, Moroccan Olives, Oranges and Basil Oil. Such dishes only add to the restaurant's mystique as a place for all seasons, styles and spirits. As Frank Bruni wrote in the New York Times "The Red Cat feels vaguely colonial and tavern like, except when it feels downtown-gallery cool, and apart from those moments when it feels modestly and eclectically elegant."

If you are unable to book online, please call us directly and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Diner Reviews
  • "I always eat too much but am always satisfied. Those tempura green beans are still the best."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I have been to the RC many many times. This was the worst service I have ever had. We had to flag our waiter at least 6 times through the course of the meal. It was as if we were not there or invisible we had to ask him to take our dinner order. We ordered wine with dinner. He brought the glasses and we selected the wine, but he never returned to pour the wine for us. At one point even he admitted his service was terrible and apologized. This was inconsistent with the RC. But it needs to be mentioned. I don't know if they were short staffed on Sunday. It was not a good experience"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had a great evening at The Red Cat. Service was great, not pushy. They provided great food recommendations, and were very helpful with all of our questions. We weren't rushed, and will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Red Cat continues to not disappoint!!! Food was delicious. I had the oysters then skate - yum! Potatoe mash was delish. I've been eating here for 10+ years and have no plans to stop."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner with my fiance at Red Cat. Service was absolutely outstanding and the food was excellent. It's a beautiful space - great for couples or a group. And I really just cannot say enough about the service. All of the waiters, bartenders and hostesses were terrific. A very special place that I plan on going back to, and suggesting all friends and family go as well!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We came for the Restaurant Week specials, unsure what to expect, and were quite pleasantly surprised. The drinks were imaginative and potent--never had a white Negroni--and the service was attentive without being obsequious. Though we arrived early, we were ushered to a table as soon as one became available. Though the restaurant was clearly quite busy, our waiter gave us prompt attention. The filet mignon steak tartare was succulent; the bluefish one of the best pieces I've had in years. The yogurt panna cotta was refreshingly tart. I intend to come back here."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chelsea. It was a hot spot with a consistent, inventive chef well before the Highline sprung up out front. Standards like zucchini with fresh pecorino outshine it's seemingly simple ingredients. My Restaurant Week bluefish was perfectly cooked and generously portioned. The exquisite ice cream sandwich again impressed despite its simple name."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went for lunch and ate odd the restaurant week menu. The food was really good and our waiter was super nice."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "First time at Red Cat for lunch, usually it's dinner. Lovely summer lunch menu, the freshest ingredients presented artistically. Everyone seems to know how good dinner is here; lunch should be added to anyone's list."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Went to Red Cat for restaurant week. I ordered off the restaurant week menu (corn soup, blue fish, cherry ice cream sandwich). All courses were fantastic. My date ordered off the regular menu and had the Cavatelli app, pork chop main. He loved the cavatelli but though the pork was seasoned nicely the piece of meat he got was a bit too fatty, may also have been due to ordering it done medium per the chef's recommenation. Aside from that the dish was great. The service was great all around. Very attentive staff from the sommelier to the manager to the hostess, bread guy etc.he sommelier in training/hostess were friendly welcoming and offered some great tips on the wine menu without pressure to buy. cocktails/wine list superb."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great food and service. Our waiter was outstanding, terrific personality, knowledgeable and very friendly!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Appealing menu on the whole, with specials that will catch your ear. My party went with the restaurant week menu and all were pleased, especially with the cherry vanilla ice cream sandwich- Ben and Jerry can't touch that. Wine list is also very approachable with regards to both price and variety. I would definitely recommend to visitors and New Yorkers alike."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal yet again. Good choices on menu..started with the filet mignon tartare, was a bit surprised when ii arrived because I read tartare but was thinking carpacchio! Have ever only had beef tartare in Europe, nicely spiced and tasty for first USA tartare! Next was beautifully prepamed blue fish with good mashed potatoes and succotash. The dessert, cherry vanilla ice cream sandwich, was simply divine..only sorry I could not finish! Wish there was a Red Cat type place on the UES!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "After a walk on the Highline, my friend and I lunched at The Red Cat. It was a very enjoyable meal. Really nice service, delicious cocktails and great food. We both had their signature appetizer , the sautéed zucchini with almonds and Parmesan shavings. For entree, we both had the pork tacos. The meat was a speck dry but really tasty. We both took one taco home. Dessert was a choice of a yoghurt pane cotta or a strawberry ice cream sandwhich. We had one of each and tasted both. The ice cream was a little too sweet for me, but if loved the other. Would definitely dine there again!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had the Restaurant Week menu and drinks. Good cocktails. Food was well prepared and tasty but not amazing hence 4 stars. Service was cordial and well paced."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "It has been some years since I ate at the Red Cat but it remains as excellent a dining experience as I remembered. Ate during Restaurant Week and truly enjoyed the chilled corn soup and the blue fish. Attentive service and quiet room make it a terrific spot for a business lunch."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Went for the first time. The only criticism was that the service was a little rushed and the noise level was high. Food was fabulous, staff was great. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Ate here during restaurant week but opted to order off the regular menu. The zucchini appetizer was different and delicious. Steak was amazing but a little over cooked. The tempura green beans are a must if you dine here. Enjoyed this restaurant because they serve dishes that I can't make myself. Wait staff was on efficient and very knowledge about the food and wine."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I went during Restaurant Week but would definitely go back. It looks like they try to do different things with their food and the wait staff was excellent. A great dining experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Everything is so so, not as good as before. We ordered from both the Restaurant Week specials and the regular menu. Food is very ordinary, presentation is better than diner food. But taste is not, for most dished. There are very few exceptionally dishes. Not worth a special trip."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week, but ended up ordering from regular menu since the RW menu didn't look so good. There were four of us, with each ordering different app, entrees and desserts. We all thought it was just ok and a bit underwhelming given the rave reviews."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The Red Cat's cozy dining room is lively, yet quiet enough for conversation. The service is warm and attentive and the food is terrific."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Two of us had restaurant week specials. The apps and desserts were very good but the chicken salad was dry and tasteless. The maître d offered to replace them. We declined so $20 was taken off the bill. The 2 a la carte dishes were good. But it's too noisy there."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great for a working lunch! Food and service was exceptional and managed to eat a 3-course lunch (restaurant week menu) in under an hour."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Gracious. Warm. And every dish had an "aha" this is beyond good first bite.. They know food, they know service, they know their wines. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Service is excellent and food is delicious. unusual plates and combos that are always a hit. Love those greenbeans!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Red Cat was a very pleasant & delicious experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very accommodating!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "enjoyed the lunch. didn't go for the bloody mary tho"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have been coming to Red Cat now for over three years. Every time I come to New York, I make it a point to reserve a table. This place has a fantastic wait staff with full knowledge of the food and wine. You will not go wrong by coming to dine here for any occasion. Bon appetite!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had dinner here. Food is terrific (corn soup, fluke appetizer, bluefish and salmon were standouts). But dessert was so so--we had the Cherries Garcia ice cream sandwich--only modest flavor, especially the chocolate cookie, but the fresh cherry & hot fudge garnish were great-should have been the whole dessert! Service was excellent--our server was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, though it was busy and she sometimes did not appear as quickly as we'd have liked. Decor is fun with art on the walls and old-style gas lamp heads as overhead lights. As other note, the tables are a bit too close together & the banquettes too soft (so you sink a bit). Worst is the noise. It's painfully loud when the place is full--they really should add dampers!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The fish and soup were unique and inspired. Thoroughly enjoyed the gourmet lunch."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Good to find a place with creative but excellent food combinations, not heavy and blend well together. Excellent friendly service and none of the typical American pushiness. Only downside is the noise level but that seems typical in any place in NYC"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Not that Red Cat isn't also a great destination spot. Always reliable, excellent food and very hospitable staff. Can't say enough good things about this place.)"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food was good and the menu was inventive but $11 for a glass of wine was a bit mean. In honor of restaurant week perhaps an appropriate discount on the wine selection would be welcome."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Their restaurant week menu was excellent and gave a good intro to the rest of their menu. For that reason I would go back. Our goal was to spend time on the High line and visit galleries and the restaurant is perfectly situated. The service was wonderful and didn't discriminate against us even tho we were there for the special restaurant week menu."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Four of us dined at the Red Cat on Monday evening. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The food couldn't have been better, fresher or more creative in terms of side dishes. The bordeaux wine we ordered was wonderful, reasonably priced, and went perfectly with the food. We had several fruit-based desserts--all were outstanding, with everyone wanting to taste each dessert. Red Cat has two specialty coffees, but even the basic house coffee was rich and strong. The service was friendly and professional, the wine poured out unobtrusively when glasses had emptied. How many times can you say this--a joy from beginning to end!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Booked The Red Cat after seeing it on Barefoot Contessa and are we glad that we did. Wonderful and different food plus the service couldn't be beat. Don't miss the La Fontina baked cheese - it is only on the bar menu but you can order it when seated in the dining room."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Maybe the best service I've had in NYC. The food was great and all, but the service shined. Our waitress saw my girlfriend struggling to cut her ice cream sandwich, insisted on bringing us another dessert and wouldn't accept no for an answer. The semifreddo was somehow better than the panna cotta and the ice cream sandwich we had ordered. And this was after an amazing appetizer of corn soup and our entrees of pork tacos and bluefish. Super impressed with everything about this restaurant. I live just 14 blocks north, and I guarantee I will be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Really like this place on repeated visits. Came for lunch. Food delivery was down to a crawl. Headed for a two hour plus lunch when we asked what was wrong. Told 1st day of restaurant week was a problem. But it wasn't that busy, what is to work out? When server went to check we were told entrees were on warming table. Gee, we wanted to hear that. Little things like soup course with no spoon is just sloppy. Food was good, saving grace."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Walked the Highline and went around Chelsea Piers for the day. Made reservation at Red Cat for 5pm, which is when they open. Nice place. They let us in a bit early and we sat at the bar for drinks. Creative cocktail menu and friendly staff. Dinner entrees change often. Very creative dishes and delicious. I had a pork chop, my son had grilled chicken and my wife had tile fish. All were tasty. Chicken was best my son ever had. Tile fish was tasty but it was in a risotto that was a bit too creamy. That was the only complaint. Will go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014